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Lagos Governor Orders Confiscation of Abandoned Cars

by Daniel Otu
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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos state has instructed that all vehicles parked thoughtlessly under bridges in Lagos be evacuated. This was realized after the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, LASTMA gave a-Seven day notice to owners of trucks and vehicles parked under the Costain Bridge area of the state or risk the vehicles being confiscated and prosecuted.

The order of the Lagos state government was made known by Sola Giwa, the special adviser to the governor on transportation and the General Manager LASTMA, Bolaji Oregba. The statement was made in a meeting they held with other collaborators.

According to the special adviser to the governor, Giwa, “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s had declared zero tolerance for environmental abuse, illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing of the environment when he signed ‘Executive Order’ on traffic and sanitation.I can assure you that government will enforce this notice after the expiration of the seven days ultimatum beginning from today (Monday).”

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The representatives expressed that the order was necessary in order to help the situation of constant gridlocks around the state as well as security threats. Mr Bolaji mentioned that the cars parked indiscriminately serve as hide outs for criminals and truants.

“We are using this medium to warn motorists parking under the bridge of Costain to vacate this area within seven days of grace because the act is a total violation of traffic laws of the state.”
”Apart from violating the laws, this act can serve as a haven for criminals, and because of the security threat in the state, we do not want to leave any stone unturned.

“Therefore, after the expiration of the seven days’ grace, we are going to carry out a total clean-up operation of the entire area and subsequently move to other identified areas such as Ajah, Apapa, Lekki, Agege, and the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, among others.
”Please help us to put this information across to them because there is no going back on this exercise,” He added.

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